Don't look for the Wake County school board's economically disadvantaged student performance task force to be focusing on student assignment.
During Thursday's meeting, task force members and people from the audience were able to vote on up to three topics for the group to focus on. You could put all three of your dots on one issue or spread them out.
Among the leaders after the light voting was student assignment.
To whittle down the list to three topics, members were asked to vote by raising their hands. You could leave your hand open to signify support or raise a closed fist to indicate not to deal with that issue.
When it came time to vote on student assignment, there were a lot more raised fists than open hands. Karen Hamilton, acting as the facilitator, said they would drop it from the list.
Diana Bader, who was in the audience, asked how they could drop a topic that got so many votes.
School board member John Tedesco, chairman of the task force, said he'd defer to the wishes of the group.
After the meeting, Tedesco accused Bader and a group of other non-task force members of loading up their votes on student assignment. Tedesco said that while task force members understand that student assignment is an important issue that there are other things they need to focus on.
Instead of student assignment, the task force will look at issues such as pre-school services.
Wake's pre-K program is expected to be slashed when the federal stimulus money runs out after the end of this school year. Wake had used the stimulus money to expand the number of pre-K classes.
CORRECTED TO SAY ASSIGNMENT IN FIRST PARAGRAPH